Monday, October 25, 2010

Sourdough Bread Recipe!

Sourdough Starter

          1 Tbsp yeast
          2 c water
          2 c white flour

          Combine all ingredients (in a non-metal container).  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 48 hours, until it foams and develops a pleasantly sour smell.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
          Each time you remove some starter, you need to “feed” it.  Just add back 1 ½ c water and 1 ½ c flour, stir, cover loosely, and return start to the refrigerator.  *If you don’t use dump 2 cups every 2 weeks and feed starter to keep it active.
This is what the starter will look like when ready to use ... it is bubbly and has a very "sour" smell.
Sourdough Bread (2 loaves):

          5 ½ c flour (can sub whole wheat for 1 or 2 cups)
          2 c starter
          1 Tbsp salt
          1 c water

          Dissolve the salt in the water in a mixing bowl.  Add the starter and then the flour.  Use dough hook.  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise overnight at room temp.  The next morning, punch down risen dough and divide in half.  Shape each half into a round loaf, make an X-shaped slash on each top, and place the two laves on a greased baking sheet.  Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise at room temp for about four more hours.  Place a pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.  Bake for 35 minutes.

P.S. I will add pictures once I start my new batch!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Toilet Paper Pumpkins

So, today I was going through my crafting supplies and ran across some fall/orange fabric quarters.  I had seen online where people had taken them and made toliet paper pumpkins - so I figured that would be a good use for the fall season.

For each pumpkin you need 1 fabric quarter, 1 roll of toilet paper and 1 stick to use for the stem (I have seen some blogs where they used empty toilet paper rolls for the stems - I tried it and couldn't get it to look right!)

Instructions:  open up fabric quarter (iron if desired), place toilet paper roll in center and fold fabric up around and stuff into center hole.  When complete add the "stem".

Here's how mine turned out:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Boo Sign

Halloween is just around the corner ... so I wanted to do something crafty (but also not very difficult and hopefully something I would like for years to come).  I found this Boo Sign idea on Blue Cricket Design and thought I would try it out!

Items you'll need:

     * Wooden Letters:  B and two Os
     * Black Spray paint
     * Scrapbook paper
     * Mod Podge
     * Scrapbook Embellishments

First Step is to spray paint your letters black ...

Then using Mod Podge attach your scrapbook paper over top of your letters (I had used plain paper to get the stencil for the craft paper (I just laid the white paper on top of the letter then rubbed a pencil over it to get the outline - like we did in grade school with leaves!)  Then I used my pattern to cut out my letters.

Here are the letters with the embellishments added.

Then I put it together with some hemp string (tied together in the back) and hung it on my wall.  I think it turned out pretty good.